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Social Philately represents a study of the
development of social systems and products derived from the operation of
postal systems. It includes material which can be included in other classes of
philately as well as non philatelic items which are directly related to the
operations and products of a postal system, either as post office equipment or
as material developed by commerce to use or reflect post office services and
of Social Philately
Developing the collection
As you can see from the previous examples, ‘almost
anything’ can be included into a Social Philately collection. Of course
there are practical considerations of how to display your material, especially
if you are entering your collection as a competitive exhibit. But solely from
the point of view of collecting, the range and scope of the material is only
limited by YOUR IMAGINATION! Remember -You do not need to be an experienced
philatelist to be a collector of Social Philately, the emphasis is on history
and society - not the postal rates or the different stamp printings!
Try to organise your collection so that it tells a story, with a beginning a middle and an end, rather than just an accumulation of material of all the same subject. Find out as much as you can about your chosen theme. You’d be surprised how much easier it is to find relevant material that belongs in you collection, once you really study your subject. If it is work or hobby related you probably know quite a lot about your chosen subject already. If it is a completely new concept then there will be the further challenge of not only finding suitable philatelic and ephemera type material for your fledgling collection, but finding information about the subject as well. Research the local Library, or if you have access to a computer the Internet is a useful research tool. Build up as much data about your topic as possible, that way it will become easier to find the relevant philatelic and non-philatelic material to fit your theme.
Remember, the function of the non-philatelic material is to amplify, and not merely to add an element of decoration to the collection.
|Exhibiting Social Philately|
Once the basic collection has been formed, some collectors are keen to display or exhibit their work. Local: A good place to start is the local club or Society, most have an annual competition and many are including Social Philately to encourage more participation. National: Social Philately as a UK National level Class made its debut at Glasgow 2000. It was introduced to enable exhibitors who wish to enter exhibits based on a theme related to social history, Up to 50% of non-philatelic material was allowed to be included. Today, this Class has been dropped in favour of the ‘OPEN CLASS’ which has much the same rules and concept. International: Many international exhibitions are now including an experimental or ‘Open Class’ in their shows.
Anyone wishing more information on collecting, displaying, or exhibiting Social Philately should contact the Association of British Philatelic Societies. c/o RPSL, 41, Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY.
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